Karl is also available to external students for career guidance on a private basis. Tel: 045 487 811 – 087 637 9590 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Make informed decisions
No matter what you decide to do after school, it is important that you make informed decisions. Career choice decision-making is an ongoing process from transition year onwards. Guidance Counsellors help you to recognise the range of options available to you. These options include Subject Choice for LC, Career Inventory Tests that determine your strengths and values, and Informed CAO advice. Feel free to contact Karl re appointments.
Please call Karl on 087 637 9590 to discuss your individual requirements or contact him below.
3. Can you list your values?
4. What career will allow you to express your values?
Cao on line Application Facility Opens 5th November
Before filling in the CAO application it is vital to research the various choices available. Some students will have a clear idea of the area in which they want to work, others will consider several options, and some will be undecided. In the latter case it may be best to opt for more general degrees. The CAO should be completed with a full range of options, allowing for both dream, realistic and safe courses. All CAO places are allocated based on the genuine order of applicants’ preferences, indicated in their course choices.
Each student will receive a CAO Handbook. The handbook will be an invaluable guide to the process of applying for courses in the HEI’s participating in the central application service. Read it carefully and keep it to hand for future reference. You will find the answers to most of your questions in it. In addition, the CAO website www.cao.ie contains a wealth of information for applicants as well as links to information pages on HEI websites, and other external websites. The CAO is an important process thus research your course choices carefully and use all of the resources available to keep yourself informed.
The minimum entry requirement for the universities that are part of the National University of Ireland (NUI) is six subjects, including English, Irish and (possibly) a third language. In two of these subjects, students must have achieved grade H5 and at least a grade H7 or O6 in four other subjects. Many courses also require a third language. There may be additional course requirements, such as maths, or a science subject for specific courses.
The minimum entry requirement for is six subjects. Students must have achieved at least a grade H5 in two of these subjects (in three for TCD and the B.Ed. in DCU). Subjects must include a grade O6 in English, Maths* and a language other than English.
*Foundation level maths is accepted for some courses.
Level 8 (Honours Degree) courses: students generally require a minimum of grade H5 in two subjects and grade O6/H7 in four other subjects, including maths and either Irish or English.
Levels 6 and 7 (Higher Certificate and Ordinary Degree): students require five grade O6/H7, including maths and Irish or English
Make sure you have the ENTRY REQUIREMENTS which must be satisfied before “points” are considered.
If all Entry Requirements are met an applicant is deemed ‘Qualified’ to apply.
Remember: Place your course choices in genuine order of preference. You should not put down courses on the basis of your predictions of next year’s cut off points or your own points scores.
Students can also apply for Post Leaving Certificate (Level 5/6 NFQ) courses. PLC courses are NOT on the CAO form.
Students interested in studying in the UK go to www.ucas.com. Applications are made in the online system. The application process takes time so do not leave it to the last minute. Applications should be sent to UCAS by one of these dates – depending on what course you apply for:
Go to www.accesscollege.ie to find out if you qualify for the Higher Education Access Route (HEAR) and/or the Disability Access Route to Education (DARE).
Registrations for HPAT-Ireland will open in early November. Standard registrations will close at 5.15 pm GMT on Sunday 20 January. Late registrations will be accepted until 5.15 pm GMT on Friday 1 February on payment of a late fee.
Exceptional late registrations will be accepted until 5.15 pm on Sunday 3 February. An exceptional late registration will only be accepted from candidates who have submitted their application to the CAO by 5.15 pm on Friday 1 February.
It will NOT be possible to register for HPAT – Ireland after registrations close at 5.15 pm on Sunday 3 February.
For more information go to www.hpat-ireland.acer.edu.au
Throughout the year attend college Open Days. Open days are an excellent opportunity to learn more about the colleges you are interested in and the educational opportunities they offer, to talk with staff and students and to get a real feel for life on the campus. There will be a lot to do on the day so get a guide to what is happening before you go, these can normally be downloaded from the college website, and you can then plan which talks to attend and which departments to visit. Write down any questions you have about the college, course, accommodation etc.
Trinity Pharmacy TY Placement Application Deadline for Spring Placement 31/12/2019 Trinity College Dublin
HPAT Ulster – Health Professions Admissions Test Late Registration Period 02/01/2020 HPAT – Ulster
2020 Undergraduate Open Day 03/01/2020 Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
Open Day 07/01/2020 Dublin Business School
CAO Information Evening 07/01/2020 University College Dublin
BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2020 08/01/2020 BT Communications Ireland Limited
CAO Information Evening 08/01/2020 Maynooth University
NCAD Portfolio Information, Workshops & Clinics 09/01/2020 National College of Art & Design
Open Day – Limerick Campus (Sat) 11/01/2020 Mary Immaculate College
Open Evening – LIT Clonmel Campus 14/01/2020 Limerick Institute of Technology – Tipperary
Open Day 15/01/2020 Blackrock Further Education Institute – BFEI
DCU Information Evening for CAO Applicants 15/01/2020 Dublin City University
Open Evening 15/01/2020 Letterkenny Institute of Technology
UCAS 2020 – Entry Deadline for all UCAS UG courses, except those with 15 Oct Deadline 15/01/2020 UCAS
UCAS 2020 – Entry Deadline for Most UG Dance, Drama or Musical Theatre Courses 15/01/2020 UCAS
Information Evening & PLC Interview Preparation Seminars 16/01/2020 Colaiste Dhulaigh College of Further Education
NUI Galway Information Evening – Limerick 16/01/2020 NUI Galway
Open Day (Sat) 18/01/2020 Institute of Art Design & Technology
CAO Open Day (Sat) 18/01/2020 National College of Ireland
UL Open Day (Sat) 18/01/2020 University of Limerick
CAO 2020 – Discounted Application Available up to 20/01/2020 CAO
HPAT Ireland 2020 Expected Late Registration Period 20/01/2020 HPAT – Ireland
Enrolment Day 21/01/2020 Colaiste Ide College of Further Education
Open Day 21/01/2020 Inchicore CFE
CAO Information Evening 22/01/2020 Institute of Technology Carlow – Carlow Campus
Portfolio Clinic 2020 23/01/2020 TU Dublin – City Campus
HPAT Ulster – Health Professions Admissions Test Day 25/01/2020 HPAT – Ulster
UCAS 2020 – Receive all Decisions by 3rd Jan, Reply by this date 31/01/2020 UCAS
CAO 2020 – Normal Closing Date for Applications 01/02/2020 CAO
CAO 2020 – Online Change of Course Choices (free) Facility Closes 01/02/2020 CAO
CAO 2020 – Online Facility to Amend Course Choices Available (fee) 05/02/2020 CAO
Portfolio Submission Deadline 2020 07/02/2020 National College of Art & Design
Open Day 13/02/2020 Portobello Institute
UCD Science, BAFS & Computer Science 6th Year Open Day (Sat) 15/02/2020 University College Dublin
Taster Days (4 Days – Mon/Tues/Wed/Thurs) 17/02/2020 Institute of Art Design & Technology
Trainee Jockey Course Open Day 19/02/2020 RACE
HPAT Ireland 2020 Expected Test Date (Sat) 22/02/2020 HPAT – Ireland
UCAS 2020 – Extra Opens 25/02/2020 UCAS
Trainee Jockey Course Open Day 26/02/2020 RACE
Try Art at WIT 26/02/2020
Engineers Week 2020 29/02/2020 Engineers Ireland – STEPS
Engineers Week at IT Sligo 29/02/2020 Institute of Technology Sligo
CAO 2020 – Closing Date for Amending Course Choices 01/03/2020 CAO
CAO 2020 – Closing Date for Completing of Mature Applicant Section 01/03/2020 CAO
CAO 2020 – Closing Date for Final Completion of Online DARE HEAR forms 01/03/2020 CAO
Portfolio Submission 2020 (2 Days – Tues & Wed) 03/03/2020 TU Dublin – City Campus
CAO 2020 – Late Application Facility Opens 05/03/2020 CAO
Enrolment Day 05/03/2020 Colaiste Ide College of Further Education
Open Day 05/03/2020 Moate Business College
Teagasc Spring Open Day 06/03/2020 Ballyhaise Agricultural College
Teagasc Spring Open Day 06/03/2020 Clonakilty Agricultural College
Teagasc Spring Open Day 06/03/2020 Kildalton Agricultural College
Spring Open Day 11/03/2020 Gurteen Agricultural College
Open Evening / Information Session 11/03/2020 Marino College of Further Education
Trainee Jockey Course Open Day 11/03/2020 RACE
Teagasc Spring Open Day 12/03/2020 College of Amenity Horticulture – Botanic Gardens
Open Day 13/03/2020 Carlow Institute of Further Education
CAO 2020 – HEAR DARE Supporting Docs to Arrive in CAO 15/03/2020 CAO
Portfolio Assessments (5 Days) 23/03/2020 Institute of Art Design & Technology
Trainee Jockey Course Open Day 25/03/2020 RACE
Student Teacher Experience Day – Thurles Campus (Sat) 28/03/2020 Mary Immaculate College
Music Entrance Test MH103 (Sat) 28/03/2020 Maynooth University
Student Teacher Experience Day (Sat) 28/03/2020 MIC St. Patricks Campus Thurles
Undergraduate Open Day (Sat) 28/03/2020 NUI Galway
WIT Spring Open Day (Sat) 28/03/2020 Waterford Institute of Technology
Open Evening / Information Session 01/04/2020 Marino College of Further Education
Spring Open Day 2020 (Sat) 04/04/2020 Dublin City University
GMIT Letterfrack Open Day (Sat) 04/04/2020 Galway-Mayo IT – Letterfrack
Be a Student for a Day – Open Day (Sat) 04/04/2020 Institute of Technology Sligo
Spring Open Day (Sat) 04/04/2020 St. Patrick’s Campus DCU
Trainee Jockey Course Open Day 08/04/2020 RACE
Trainee Jockey Course Open Day 15/04/2020 RACE
Open Day 16/04/2020 Portobello Institute
BA in Musical Theatre Entrance Test C130 (3 Days – Thur-Sat) 23/04/2020 CIT Cork School of Music
BA Popular Music Entrance Tests (3 Days) 23/04/2020 CIT Cork School of Music
BA in Theatre & Drama Studies Entrance Tests CR700 (2 Days Fri & Sat) 24/04/2020 CIT Cork School of Music
BMus Degree Course Entrance Test CR121 (Sat) 25/04/2020 CIT Cork School of Music
Spring Open Day 25/04/2020 Institute of Technology Tralee
Spring Open Day (Sat) 25/04/2020 Maynooth University
Spring 2020 Open Day (Sat) 25/04/2020 Pontifical University St Patricks College Maynooth
CAO 2020 – Closing Date for Late Applications 01/05/2020 CAO
DkIT Sports Scholarship Application Deadline 01/05/2020 Dundalk Institute of Technology
SAT Subject Tests 02/05/2020 SAT CollegeBoard (US Scholastic Aptitude Testing)
CAO 2020 – Change of Mind Facility Available 05/05/2020 CAO
Spring Open Day 09/05/2020 Institute of Technology Carlow – Carlow Campus
Open Day 12/05/2020 Dublin Business School
Open Day 14/05/2020 Institute of Technology Carlow – Wexford Campus
Animal Care Interviews 2020 (3 Days – Wed/Thurs/Fri) 20/05/2020 St. John’s Central College
Enrolment Day 21/05/2020 Colaiste Ide College of Further Education
UCD Summer Schools (for 5th years) – 4 Days 02/06/2020 University College Dublin
Start Date for Certificate Examinations 2020 03/06/2020 State Examinations Commission
SAT Subject Tests 06/06/2020 SAT CollegeBoard (US Scholastic Aptitude Testing)
AIT Summer Schools 2020 08/06/2020 Athlone Institute of Technology
Maynooth Summer School 2020 (5 Days) 15/06/2020 Maynooth University
DCU June Open Day 25/06/2020 Dublin City University
Summer Open Day (Sat) 27/06/2020 Maynooth University
Summer 2020 Open Day (Sat) 27/06/2020 Pontifical University St Patricks College Maynooth
UCAS 2020 – Entry Applications received after 30 June are entered into Clearing 30/06/2020 UCAS
CAO 2020 – Change of Mind Facility Closes 01/07/2020 CAO
UCAS 2020 – Last date to apply in Extra 05/07/2020 UCAS
CAO 2020 – Exceptional Closing Date for Late Applications (HEI Attendants) 22/07/2020 CAO
UCAS 2020 – A Level Results Day 13/08/2020 UCAS
UCAS 2020 – Adjustment Opens 13/08/2020 UCAS
SAT Subject Tests 29/08/2020 SAT CollegeBoard (US Scholastic Aptitude Testing)
UCAS 2020 – Remaining Offer Conditions Met & Adjustment Ends 31/08/2020 UCAS
UCAS 2020 – Final Date for 2020 Entry Applications 21/09/2020 UCAS